A behavioral genetic investigation of the Dark Triad and the Big 5

  title={A behavioral genetic investigation of the Dark Triad and the Big 5},
  author={Philip A. Vernon and Vanessa C. Villani and Leanne C. Vickers and Julie Aitken Harris},
  journal={Personality and Individual Differences},

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